We are Catia and Nuno, have 2 kids aged 11 and 6 and 2 dogs.
We live in a small house, 15 min walking from the sea, in sintra. It's not Lisbon and not close to Lisbon. you will need a 45 minutes ride in a bus (3,30€ each way) to arrive to Sintra city centre plus 30 minutes by train (1,44€) to arrive to Lisbon.
We live a very modest life and the persons coming to live with us must be quite frugal and adapt to a shared space, just one bathroom, small kitchen...
The sleeping space we offer is our attic, with a double matress and woodstove or one room, single bed, downstairs.
We don't smoke but don't mind if people smoke outside, away from the children.
Our oldest loves gaming, horses, science and maths, bikes, LEGO, rocks, cars, any skills in this area are welcome.
The baby girl is a dancer, likes swiming, roller skates, all things movement related as well as make up, dress up, painting, drawing, baking and making slime.
We are not vegetarians and have no restrictions on media using (screans are not a problem here).
It is very important that the persons coming to our house like children and can make a connection with our kids. If that does not happens, we will ask you to leave. You will need to connect at least with one of the kids, in one of their interests.
Our life is very noisy and messy. Sometimes there is no time to talk between adults or we don't get to do/ have what we want and some adults can't cope with this situation.
We prefer to receive people that are already in Portugal or that will travel in portugal anyway and want to know Sintra/Lisbon.
We like to show our village by bicycle, to show around the beaches and castles of Sintra by car (at least the free ones).
We can give a ride to the train station anytime.
It's nice if you like to cook and can help with that, specially with doing the dishes.
we need to keep cooking in a budget to be able to receive workawayers.
We need people who are flexible to handle our very flexible days. We almost never know what we are doing in a given day and change our minds very often.
We need proactive people.
In summer 2021 we are taking extra care of the veggie garden and need some construction works in the house, if you have skills in rhose area it will be great. We also need to deep clean the house this summer and all the help is needed.
Thank you for reading our message until the end :)
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
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We can help with learning:
- A few nigths in Lisbon, in a students residence, if there are free rooms.
- 1 or 2 bycicles
- free time to explore the area
- free entrance in museums, pool, castles and all the activities we do together
- ride to the train station at 8am and from the train station at 7pm
We will go around Sintra/ Lisbon/ Cascais for visits and sea time.
We are looking for help in the house, pet sitting and project developement with the kids.
We are an unschooling family - no school for the kids and no curriculum at home - so our life is 24h a day with our children. Among all their activities and learning experiences we have no time left for tasks like:
- walk with the kids and build in the woods;
- walk the dogs
- take care of the small veggie garden;
- paint walls
- house cleaning
- do the dishes
- play with the kids
- take out the garbage
We also need help on our outings, namely to go to museums, parks, the sea with the 2 kids. Whathever we visit, you can visit too.
We need help to develop their projects and interests, namely:
- gaming - WII, Roblox and minecraft;
- roll playing with puppets or shadows...
- ride the bycicle, skate, rollers
- LEGO building
- science projects
.... Something new that can be interesting... The kids are open to new projects and ideas, if you do something you love they will like to learn it. Or, sometimes, they just want someone to sit next to them with YouTube videos.
You can choose the work is what suits you the best, we have so much to do in one day that all the help is very welcome.
5 hours a day seams a fair amount of time to help out, it can be less or more, we really appretiate more the company than amount of the work donne.
I also manage a tourist/ student house in Lisbon and any help with that will be very welcome.
We really, really need help cooking in a low budget and it is very important to keep the lights off and have fast showers, we need to save a lot in this phase of our life.
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- One room in the attic.
We live 20 minutes from Sintra, the historical village (3,50€ by bbus)
40 minutes from lisbon.
2 km from praia grande
9 km from são Julião da barra/ ericeira
Near us there is an organic farming cooperative with many interesting trainings.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Our wifi is good. We have kids so, they make noise all day.
The van can stay at our foor, in the driveway and the house can be used aa a base. There are almost no cars in the street and the woods are less than one minute walking, the van can also stay there.
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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